KARACHI - Pakistan Society of Anaesthesiologists (PSA) has registered its deep concerns about growing trust deficit between public, patients and doctors. Dr Amin Suleiman, President of PSA Karachi and Dr. Safia Zafar Siddiqui, General Secretary, PSA -Karachi in a press conference here Thursday said safe and quality medical practice was much needed at this time. This is for obvious reasons as public and patient trust has been shaken because of recent unfortunate incidents of deaths and serious harm to the patients at several hospitals in the country, said Dr Suleiman. PSA strongly feels that it is high time that professional bodies and the media starts restoring public trust in their care-givers, he said. We have feeling that recent reports have created a kind of confusion and mistrust amongst public and doctors and we consider it damaging for peoples psychology and their physical health, PSA Chief said. He said, media has highlighted recent incidents, mishaps and in some cases, medical negligence quite rightly, however, there was also a need to acknowledge the fact that qualified, properly trained and ethically driven practitioners are striving at all levels to provide best and safe care to the public. The public needs reassuring, said Dr. Safia Zafar, the PSA General Secretary Responding to queries raised by media, PSA President said journalists needed to put some medical authenticity in their reporting It must be based on pure scientific evidence, said Dr. Amin Suleiman. The senior anesthesiologist regretted that emotional and subjective part of the reporting took the front seat and the objectivity comes much later. By then sometimes the damage to the relationship of doctors and public becomes inevitable but not irreversible, he commented. Acknowledging that PSA shares some of the views of media and public, he said there are, however, certain questions that must be answered by the media. Foremost of these questions related to Medical Malpractice and Negligence, he said is about the authenticity of person accused to be negligent. APP ADDS: We would request media to investigate whether responsible persons of negligence were really qualified doctors? said the expert. To another question, he said if they are doctors, then are they adequately trained? And if they are adequately trained then, is the hospital is equipped to support their skills? If the facility is not fully equipped, then why the hospitals are advertising them as Special Care Set Ups? If they are advertising them as specialist hospitals, then who is keeping a check on their eligibility and performance?, he asked. Dr Amin Suleiman agreed that all doctors and hospitals needed to be regularly appraised and certified periodically. He also questioned the role of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) and other concerned authorities in protecting masses against non-qualified doctors and poorly equipped facilities. Dr Safia Zafar said that the PSA in the given situation had started a country wide campaign of consultation with learned colleagues, professional medical organisations, medical law experts, intellectuals, civil society activists, and patient representatives to rebuild the confidence of public in their health-care providers.